On Tuesday, Microsoft began rolling out Windows 7 KB4480970 which reportedly broke the network settings on some systems. According to various reports from forums, Windows 7 KB4480970 is causing network issues on some computers.
If you install the January 2019 cumulative update on your Windows 7 device which is on a network that uses SMBv2, you will experience unexpected network connectivity issues
By the looks of things, both the monthly rollup KB4480970 and security-only KB4480960 breaks networking in Windows 7. After installing January 2019 patches, you may not be able to access the shared networks.
“We’ve ran into the same issue on a Windows 2008 R2 server. We also cannot authenticate with our TFS server hosted on the same box,” another user noted who later confirmed that removing the patch fixed the issues. The users have also documented the problem on Twitter.
This was reported on Windows Latest
Windows 7 support will end on January 14th 2020, but if you are still operating in a Windows 7 environment then you will want to consider moving your workstations onto Windows 10.
The big question has always been whether its better to upgrade from 7 to 10, or to purchase new Windows 10 units. The general rule of thumb is any laptop or PC that is more than 4 years old should be replaced. Impress Computers has refurbished Windows 10 pro laptops and PC s with 3 year warranties starting at $349 that would be a better bet than upgrading an old unit that could have compatibility issues along with failing hardware components.
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